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Joe Weider

Joe "The Master Blaster" Weider (L)
Born November 29, 1922
Canada Montreal
Other names The Master Blaster
Known for Creating: The Mr. Olympia Contest & The IFBB
Occupation Trainer of Champions
Weight 200 lb
Height 5 Ft. 11 in.
Website http://www.weider.com

Josef E. "Joe" Weider (born November 29, 1922 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is the co-founder of the International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) along with brother Ben Weider and creator of the Mr. Olympia, Ms. Olympia and the now defunct Masters Olympia bodybuilding contests. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 404 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (600 × 891 pixel, file size: 75 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This Film Screenshot is to provide readers a view of the covered person in this article. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Montreal. ... Mr. ... IFBB Logo The International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) is a bodybuilding organization founded in 1946 by Ben and Joe Weider. ... November 29 is the 333rd (in leap years the 334th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... This article needs cleanup. ... The International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) is a bodybuilding organization founded in 1946 by Ben and Joe Weider. ... Ben Weider (born February 1, 1924) is a Canadian businessman from Montreal well-known in two areas, sports and Napoleonic history. ... Mr. ... Ms. ... The Masters Olympia was an international bodybuilding competition which was held annually by the International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB). ... German professional bodybuilder Markus Rühl posing in Biberach an der Riß. Bodybuilding is the process of developing muscle fibres through the combination of weight training, specific caloric intake, and rest. ...


Before founding the IFBB, Weider published the first issue of Your Physique magazine in 1939. Twenty-nine years later, in 1968, the publication was renamed Muscle Builder magazine. The name changed again to Muscle & Fitness in 1982. Other magazines published by Weider's publishing empire include Shape, Men's Fitness, Living Fit, Prime Health and Fitness, Fit Pregnancy, Cooks, Senior Golfer, and Flex. In 1983, Weider was named "Publisher of the Year" by The Periodical and Book Association. Muscle & Fitness is an American bodybuilding magazine. ... Mens Fitness is a monthly mens magazine that focuses on fitness. ... IFBB professional bodybuilder Kris Dim on the cover of a 2006 issue of FLEX FLEX is an American bodybuilding magazine, published by American Media, Inc. ...


Weider began his publishing empire with $7 at age 17, after building his own barbells out of junked car wheels and axles. As an adult, he has introduced a line of home and gym exercise equipment. One of the first to incorporate nutrition into bodybuilding, Weider also offers a line of nutritional supplements. He has won many awards and wide recognition for his work toward a healthier America, from everyone from Arnold Schwarzenegger, whom he helped bring to the United States, to President Eisenhower to the Boy Scouts. A U.S. Army soldier uses a barbell with Olympic plates (but no collars) to perform a bench press. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): ) (born on July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor and an American politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ... Dwight David Ike Eisenhower (October 14, 1890–March 28, 1969), American soldier and politician, was the 34th President of the United States (1953–1961) and supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II, with the rank of General of the Army. ... For professional sport scouts, see Scout (sport). ...

Joe Weider on the cover of Your Physique magazine.
Joe Weider on the cover of Your Physique magazine.

Weider's holistic approach—mental and psychological as well as physical—was developed over years of study on the human physique; he claims not to be an innovator, but a synthesizer of successful elements from many sources. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (500x683, 134 KB)Front cover of Your Physique magazine File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (500x683, 134 KB)Front cover of Your Physique magazine File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ...


Weider has been accused by his critics of fixing Mr Olympia contests, but there has never been any evidence that he did, and no ex-IFBB judge has ever claimed that Joe Weider has ever interfered in the judging process.


Weider Training Principles

Contrary to popular belief Joe Weider did not invent the Weider Training Principles. These principles were well known and tried methods of weight training. Weider's contribution to these principles however were to catalog them and provide definitions for each. By systemizing these principles he provided bodybuilders with training methodologies that would otherwise have taken more time to learn from diverse sources. The principles have grown over the years as training routines have evolved. Currently they are:


The letters following each principles represent: (B) beginner, (I) intermediate, and (A)advanced

  • Pre-Exhaustion Training (A) - Prefatiguing a larger muscle with an isolation, single-joint movement so it can be even more exhausted by the compound movements to follow. When you do an exercise like the bench press that works not only the chest, but also smaller muscles, one of the smaller muscles might fail before your chest is fully exhausted. By doing a chest isolation exercise beforehand, you can fatigue your chest so you can do bench presses to chest failure, which is what you want.
  • Muscle Priority Training (I & A) - Training your most underdeveloped muscles first, so as to subject it to the maximum possible effort. If you have a weak body-part you want to improve, train it first in your workout, before you begin to fatigue.
  • Pyramiding (B, I, & A) - When using multiple sets for a given exercise, doing your first set with less weight for more reps, gradually increasing the weight and decreasing the reps over the remainder of your sets. This allows you to gradually warm up a muscle group, preparing it for the resistance to come in the next set.
  • Supersets (I & A) - Working opposing muscle groups in back-to-back fashion, taking as little rest as possible in between sets. Alternating sets between opposing muscle groups - such as biceps and triceps/chest and back - greatly increases intensity. When you train one muscle group, the other is recovering (sometimes even being stretched) as you complete the set. With two muscles or muscle groups being worked, more blood is pumped into the area.
  • Tri-Sets (A) - Doing three sets in a row for the same body-part with as little rest as possible in between sets. Three exercises in a row more thoroughly exhaust the muscle. This training technique is so demanding that it should only be done on occasion, and is more often used by bodybuilders in their pre-contest training. It is not optimal for muscle building.
  • Set System Training (B, I, & A) - Simply doing more than one set for each exercise. This is the opposite of high-intensity training, which involves performing one set per exercise. Often, the first couple of sets aren't enough to fatigue your muscle.
  • Giant Sets (A) - Doing 4-6 exercises for the same body-part with as little rest between sets. Giant sets are used to create overwhelming stimulation to a body-part and totally exhaust the muscles involved. This technique should only be used occasionally as your body needs time to recover from this level of effort. This type of training is used more for muscular endurance and calorie burning then for putting on muscle size.
  • Instinctive Training (A) - This involves experimenting with your workouts and paying attention to how your body reacts to certain types of training. The fundamentals of bodybuilding training are the same for everyone, but we are all unique. The further along you get in your training, the more you have to fine tune your workouts to suit your needs. It takes time to develop this "feel" and have this type of knowledge. Whatever you are used to is going to feel best for you, but you have to figure out what really produces the best results for you and make adjustments accordingly.
  • Compound Sets (I & A) - Alternating two exercises for the same muscle group, taking as little rest as possible between each set. Each same-bodypart exercise fatigues the muscle involved in slightly different ways, so doing two exercises in a row with little rest inbetween achieves a deeper level of stimulation and muscle pump. Keep in mind that I do not personally agree with the rest aspect of this principle. That is just how Mr. Weider presented it.
  • Staggered Sets (I & A) - Training smaller, slower-developing bodyparts like calves or forearms in between all sets for your major bodyparts. Arnold Schwarzenegger relied on this principle early in his career to develop his calves. He would do a set for chest, back or shoulders, then he would do a set of calf raises while his major muscle group was recovering for the next set. He'd then alternate sets for the working bodypart and calves. His calves got plenty of time to recover in-between sets and by the end of his workout, he would have subjected them to as many as 15-20 total sets of various calf raises.

See also

Contents: Top - 0–9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A The Great Antonio, strongman B Jean Béliveau, NHL hockey player Chris Benoit, pro-wrestler (born in Montreal, but... This is a list of notable people from Montreal. ... Ben Weider (born February 1, 1924) is a Canadian businessman from Montreal well-known in two areas, sports and Napoleonic history. ...

External links

  • Brothers of Iron: How the Weider Brothers Created the Fitness Movement and Built a Business Empire by Joe Weider and Ben Weider, with Mike Steere, published by Sports Publishing L.L.C., 2006
  • Muscle Beach Venice
  • Joe Weider: His Fitness Legacy Article on the history of Joe Weider and his impact on the fitness industry.

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Joe says he did all of his work on the book outside at his home in California.) The book reinforces my belief that the Weider brothers are sincere, good-hearted guys, and very smart, both brilliant in their own way.
Joe, of course, brought Arnold to this country from Austria and showed him the ropes; he tells all about it in the book—what a wonderful, uplifting (often amusing) story.
As Joe tells it, the gypsy’s opening words to his mother were, “You have three living sons.” That got her attention right away, because she’s had another son that died in infancy.
Joe Weider - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (358 words)
Joe Weider (born November 29, 1922 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is the co-founder of the International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) and creator of the Mr.
Weider's holistic approach-- mental and psychological as well as physical-- was developed over years of study on the human physique; he claims not to be an innovator, but a synthesizer of successful elements from many sources.
Joe Weider: His Fitness Legacy Article on the history of Joe Weider and his impact on the fitness industry.
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